A mere stone’s throw from the city of Ghent, in a bend of the river Leie, sits elegant and majestic Ooidonk Castle. The watery surroundings and the sheer tranquillity of the grounds in which it is set lend this pleasure palace a deep sense of peace and well-being that belies its eventful history.

As a unique example of the Hispanic-Flemish architectural style that emerged during the Renaissance, this medieval fortress, rebuilt in 1595, is widely considered as one of Belgium’s finest castles.

Courtesy of its gabled crenels and its iconic onion towers, this flagship of the province of East Flanders easily holds its own against the imposing Châteaux of the Loire Valley. Come and discover Ooidonk and its myriad little-known corners and the hidden treasures of a site steeped in history.

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